It is just over 6 years since I was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, my symptoms were not obvious and it was thanks to the keen eye of my Doctor that it was spotted. (I had been a little run down for a few months and my only real problem was that my mouth was sore and failing to heal!!)
It was all a bit daunting in the beginning, as I had no real knowledge of the disease. Luckily for me, my mother-in-laws friend had lived with coeliac disease for a long time and I was so grateful of her advice. Although I was having a nice glass of chilled larger on the night of her visit and I was very disappointed when she explained that it could no longer be my “refreshing” tipple! (I have since found other substitutes!)
My diet is far better than it was before as I have to plan ahead, especially when thinking about lunch when I’m in work, but that is not a problem and must save me a fortune as there is no temptation for me to buy those ready packed lunches. Of course I have my staple products, like my bread and pastas, which I get on prescription, I love my fresh white bread from Juvela and drive myself nuts when I have left it too late to put my prescription in and have to manage a few days without it!
All in all, being coeliac has enriched my life, I have met some wonderful people who I would never have known, if I had not had been Coeliac. My knowledge and shared experiences of the disease and diet has grown tremendously. My husband, family and friends have all been amazing and go to great efforts when catering for me that my meals are all completely gluten-free, they have in fact relished the challenge.
Being Coeliac is a learning experience and following the gluten free diet will ensure that I remain healthy!